WW1 era British RN Officer's Sword &
In good condition, a WW1 era British Royal Naval officer's sword.
No visible maker's / cutler's / retailer's mark to the ricasso,
so most likely made in 1916 to 1918, at the height of WW1, when
production was more important than such details.
The 31 inch blade is in good condition, some small rust spots but
not too many, and is firm in the hilt. The blade has been period
sharpened towards the point (patina over sharpening) and is of unusual
construction in that the blade remains straight along the spine
one side with the other side tapering in (normally, both sides taper
in); perhaps this was done to maintain the strength. The hilt generally
very good. The fishskin grip and single strand (also a sign of circa
1917) twisted grip wire in good condition. The folding guard section
of the hilt works well and locates onto the securing pin of the
top scabbard locket. The leather and gilt metal scabbard in aged
but good condition. The sword sheathes and draws well.
An honest WW1 RN officer's sword in above average condition for
only £x (too late, now sold - original sales price divulged
for small fee). Please quote item reference O55 (1376). Further
/ full sized images available upon request.